The end came at 07:10 pm, today (December 23, 2014), doctors at Kauvery Hospital said.
K. Balachande, a cinema legend was suffering from severe urinary tract infection and fever which did not subside even after continuous treatment for the last one week.
He was the one who introduced Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.
A Padma Shri and recipient of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, K. Balachander has directed and written for around hundred films in Tamil, Telegu, Kannada and Hindi.
KB, as he’s fondly called, was active in theatre during his younger days. He began his career as government employee and made a debut in films when late veteran actor and former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran assigned him writing screenplay for his movie.
Called Iyakunar Sigaram, a director who has scaled the peak, K. Balachander is also known for his unconventional subjects and social themes. He also had his own production house Kavithaalaya Productions.
One of the greats from the south Indian film industry, who transitioned from the black and white cinema era to the present, Mr. Balachander’s most prolific years were in the three decades from 1960’s to the 1980’s.
The Tamil film industry has decided to shut down all filming activity tomorrow (December 24, 2014) as a tribute to the legend.
K. Balachande’s body would be placed for public homage on Wednesday. The funeral is likely to be on Thursday (December 25, 2014).
DMK Chief Karunanidhi who was among the first to pay homage to the departed film maker recollected his long association with Balachander from his student days.
“It’s an irreparable loss. But his work and the great artists he chiseled can neither be hidden nor denied”. he satated.
K. Balachander portrayed woman as bold characters in his movies. Some of his critically acclaimed and well-known films include Aval Oru Thodar Kathai, Sindhu Bhairavi, Manmadha Leelai, Anthuleni Katha and Moondru Mudichu.
Director K. Balachander passed away in Chennai after a cardiac arrest. He was eighty four and was undergoing treatment for renal issues at a private h...2.0